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Hooray, I’m for the other team

Yuval Lion discovers a new breed of soccer fan in South Africa.

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Black music month: Five acts to watch

Our picks for five up-and-coming acts with their own history-making potential.

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  When presidents could be bold

In this essay, Need to Know’s Jon Meacham remembers a time when our leaders could tackle the nation’s problems honestly and realistically.

Utah inmate executed by firing squad after 25 years on death row

Ronnie Lee Gardner became the first man in 14 years to be executed by firing squad early Friday morning, ending a 25-year saga that in its final days stoked a national debate over the death penalty.

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  The World What?

The world’s most popular sport owes something to the U.S. — and Americans could stand to learn a thing or two about soccer

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In Utah, firing squad case raises questions, and some shrugs, about death penalty

Jurors who sentenced a man to death have regrets on the eve of his execution by firing squad in Utah. But the “Wild West” style execution is changing few other opinions in the state.

As Utah inmate faces firing squad, jurors from original trial speak out

A juror who sentenced a Utah man to death in 1985 told Need to Know she would have preferred life in prison. The inmate, who faces a firing squad, is seeking a last-minute reprieve.

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As Belgium goes, so goes the EU?

A separatist party’s recent victory in this tiny bilingual and divided country leave many wondering: will Belgium survive?

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Dream big or go ‘home’

Immigrant students are risking deportation to support a controversial bill that would allow them to stay.

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‘This is Africa!’ Vuvuzelas and all

A dispatch from the World Cup: from the wig-wearing, color-bearing fans to the giant beelike sounds of the vuvuzelas.

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U.K. immigrants must speak the queen’s English

The U.K. is now requiring non-European immigrant spouses to take an English language test.